Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Witchhazels at Morris Arboretum

Witchhazels: Winter's Colorful Blooms!

Did you know that the Arboretum has fabulous color and fragrance even in the middle of winter? Head over to the Arboretum this winter for a month of fun and exploration. Follow the scavenger hunt to discover the many varieties of witchhazels (Hamamelis) growing at the Arboretum. Ranging in color from yellow and orange to pink and red, witchhazels are some of the first harbingers of spring. Compare their beautiful flowers and take in their heady scent.

5 Facts About Witchhazels:

Click here to download a printable map

Maps are also available at the Visitor Center.


A few of our favorite witchhazels:



“Witchhazel” is your Favorite? Family Event

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 | 1:00 - 3:00pm
Free with admission.

Throughout the garden - pick up map at Visitor Center or download one below. There will also be a fun craft activity in the Upper Gallery of Widener Visitor Center.

Get the map!

Witchhazel is your Favorite?


Witchhazel Tours

SATURDAYS, JANUARY 10, FEBRUARY 14, MARCH 14 | 1:00pm
Free with admission. Tours start from the Widener Visitor Center at 1pm and are free for members or with regular admission. Registration is not required.

Discover Morris Arboretum’s extensive witchhazel collection this winter! On the second Saturday of January, February and March, knowledgeable guides will lead tours throughout the garden, searching for witchhazels. Visitors will see more than a dozen different blooming witchhazels, featuring a variety of fragrant scents and bright colors. Get outside this winter and take in Morris Arboretum’s sweet eye and nose candy – witchhazels!



Witchhazel Tours


An Inside Look at the Witchhazel Collection (Postponed)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21
(Postponed to Saturday, March 7) | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Payment and registration required. Register online now.

Join us as we tour the Arboretum's outstanding collection of witchhazels with Curator Tony Aiello. The beautiful and fragrant floral display of witchhazels is a welcome sight during the bleak winter months. Native witchhazels provide color in the late fall while Asian witchhazels bloom in late winter to early spring. Many of the Asian witchhazels were introduced into this country during the last half of the 19th Century. Their discovery is intertwined with the early exploration of Japan and China. Tony will describe the different kinds of Asian and North American witchhazels in cultivation and explain why they are such terrific additions to the home landscape. Dress for the weather as we plan to take a walk to see some of the witchhazels in the Arboretum collection.


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Construction Notice:

Parking Lot Closed Thursday, August 27 (Rain Date Friday, August 28), September 21, 22 and 23.

Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved Thursday, August 27 (rain date Friday, August 28), September 21, 22 and 23. Our parking lot is a demonstration lot for its sustainability. Installed 25 years ago as one of the first of its kind, the parking lot has filtered into the earth about 31,863,304 gallons of precipitation from the Wissahickon watershed. But the time has come for it to be renewed.

The entire parking lot will be closed Thursday, August 27 (rain date Friday, August 28), September 21, 22 and 23. Auxiliary parking will be available at the bottom of the hill (near the kiosk) and shuttle service will be provided to the top of the hill. ADA access will be limited. No buses will be permitted beyond the kiosk.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are committed to keeping our parking lot sustainable and our visitors safe. Thanks for your patience.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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